MP writes to Premier League over slow Newcastle takeover

Member of Parliament for Jarrow, Kate Osborne, has claimed the Premier League’s delay in approving the takeover has caused ‘mental anguish’ in her constituency.

The consortium involved in the prospective acquisition of the Magpies, which involves Amanda Staveley and the Reuben brothers as well as the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund, are awaiting the result of the Premier League’s owners and directors test.

The proposed £300m deal for the club has been in the pipeline since April, and the delay in communication from the Premier League has caused annoyance and concern among some Newcastle fans.

Newcastle United 1-3 Liverpool: Klopp’s side secure comeback win at St. James’ Park

Jurgen Klopp’s side haven’t broken the magic 100-point mark this season, but goals from Virgil Van Dijk, Divock Origi and Sadio Mane secured a winning end to 2019-20.

Klopp opted to rest a host of his stars for the trip to St. James’, and it looked like a mistake from the German, as his were caught out inside the first 30 seconds.

Former Reds midfielder Jonjo Shelvey wasted no time in clipping a quick free kick over Van Dijk, and Dwight Gayle raced clear to slot the hosts in front.

That goal was a shock to system for Liverpool, as they struggled to break Newcastle down.

But despite not creating much in the first half, Van Dijk headed them level just before the break from a whipped Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain free kick.

Liverpool were back the old selves after the break, as Van Dijk drew a fine stop from Martin Dubravka just after the restart.

Klopp’s side went up through the gears from there, as Origi curled them in front on the hour mark.

That goal took the edge off any potential Newcastle fightback, as Klopp brought on the cavalry of Salah, Mane and Firmino in the closing stages.

And with Newcastle looking tired in the closing minutes, Liverpool showed that touch of title winning ruthlessness, as Mane stepped onto Firmino’s pass to fire past Dubravaka.

FULL TIME ST. JAMES’ PARK IT’S NEWCASTLE UNITED 1 LIVERPOOL 3

Premier League champions Liverpool end 2019-20 campaign at Newcastle United

Steve Bruce’s first season at the club has not been plain sailing, with question marks his ability to move the club forward in a post-Rafael Benitez world.

However, whilst many issues still remain, Bruce’s side have comfortably stayed in the Premier League after some turbulent earlier in the season.

But despite the positivity, it will take something special to beat this Liverpool side, who can end the season on 99 points with a win on Tyneside.

The Reds ended their 30-year wait for a league title last month, and finally got to lift the Premier League trophy for the first time night after a thrilling 5-3 win at home to Chelsea.

Newly crowned FWA Player of the Year Jordan Henderson was the man who lifted the trophy in midweek – but his season is already over, due to a knee injury.

Centre back Joel Matip is also unavailable for Jurgen Klopp, with the defender nursing a foot problem.

Newcastle’s injury list has been a concern all season, and that remains the case this weekend with Fabian Schar, Sean Longstaff, Ciaran Clark, Isaac Hayden and Jamaal Lascelles missing.

Emil Krafth is rated as doubtful as he recovers from an ankle problem, but centre back Florian Lejeune is set to return, after recovering from a thigh strain.

Newcastle United v Liverpool at St James’ Park is a 4pm kick off on Sunday, 26 July.

Brighton and Hove Albion 0-0 Newcastle United: Seagulls safe after goalless draw

Albion controlled possession against the Magpies but neither side seriously threatened to break the deadlock during a rather uninspiring affair.

The Seagulls have been well placed to extend their top-flight adventure to a fourth campaign for a number of weeks, although manager Graham Potter refused to celebrate survival until it was mathematically certain.

Monday evening’s stalemate moved Potter’s men seven points clear of 18th-placed Aston Villa – who have two fixtures remaining – to end a run of three successive home losses.

Leandro Trossard and Adam Webster went closest to a breakthrough for the hosts, while Dwight Gayle and substitute Andy Carroll wasted Newcastle’s best opportunities by each heading off target from corners.

For the 13th-placed Magpies, the battling point prevented them suffering four consecutive losses for the first time since May 2018.

Newcastle could have snatched victory four minutes from time but, after rising above Shane Duffy from Matt Ritchie’s corner, former England striker Andy Carroll directed his close-range header wide of the left post as the disappointing contest ended all-square.

Final score: Brighton and Hove Albion 0-0 Newcastle United